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By Joseph Frank

This 5th and ultimate quantity of Joseph Frank's justly celebrated literary and cultural biography of Dostoevsky renders with a unprecedented intelligence and beauty the decade of the writer's lifestyles, the years during which he wrote A uncooked adolescence, Diary of a Writer, and his crowning triumph: The Brothers Karamazov.

Dostoevsky's ultimate years eventually gained him the common approval towards which he had continually aspired. whereas describing his idiosyncratic courting to the Russian country, Frank additionally information Doestoevsky's carrying on with rivalries with Turgenev and Tolstoy. Dostoevsky's visual appeal on the Pushkin competition in June 1880, which preceded his dying by way of 365 days, marked the apotheosis of his career--and of his existence as a spokesman for the Russian spirit. There he introduced his well-known speech on Pushkin prior to an viewers stirred to a feverish emotional pitch: "Ours is universality attained now not via the sword, yet by means of the strength of brotherhood and of our brotherly striving towards the reunification of mankind." this can be the Dostoevsky who has entered the patrimony of worldwide literature, although he used to be now not consistently in a position to dwelling as much as such exalted ideals.

The writer's loss of life in St. Petersburg in January of 1881 concludes this exceptional literary biography--one actually useful of Dostoevsky's genius and of the amazing time and position within which he lived.

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